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HIROSHIMA PHOTOS

Because of the events of August 6, 1945, western Honshu's largest city needs little introduction. HIROSHIMA has become a byword for the devastating

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Hiroshima Travel guide



KAMAKURA PHOTOS

A small, relaxed town trapped between the sea and a circle of wooded hills one hour's train ride south of Tokyo, KAMAKURA is steeped in history.....

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Kamakura Travel guide



KOBE PHOTOS

An historic port and distinct city in its own right, KOBE, the capital of Hyogo-ken, now seems more like the fashionable western suburb of sprawling Osaka, 33km east around...

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Kobe Travel guide



KYOTO PHOTOS

The capital of Japan for more than a thousand years, KYOTO is endowed with an almost overwhelming legacy of ancient Buddhist temples, majestic palaces and gardens of every...

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Kyoto Travel guide



MATSUMOTO PHOTOS

Some 50km southwest of Nagano across the Hijiri Kogen mountains is the prefecture's second largest city, MATSUMOTO , justly famous for its splendid castle..

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Matsumoto Travel guide



MATSUSHIMA PHOTOS

The modern town of MATSUSHIMA is little more than a strip of resort hotels and souvenir shops, but its origins go back to 828 AD, when Zen priests founded a temple overlooking...

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Matsushima Travel guide



NAGASAKI PHOTOS

As the passage into the harbour widened we had our first glimpse of Nagasaki town in the haze of the morning, nestled in a most beautiful inlet at the foot of wooded hills.

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Nagasaki Travel guide



NAGOYA PHOTOS

Japan's fourth largest city is NAGOYA, the capital of Aichi-ken and major transport hub on central Honshu's industrial southern coast. Completely rebuilt after a...

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Nagoya Travel guide



NARA PHOTOS

NARA was the capital of Japan before Tokyo, a town some 35km further south in an area which is regarded as the birthplace of Japanese civilization.

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Nara Travel guide



NIKKO PHOTOS

If you make one trip from Tokyo, it should be to the pilgrim town of NIKKO, 128km north of the capital, with a World Heritage-listed shrine complex set amid splendid mountains.

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Nikko Travel guide



OKAYAMA PHOTOS

The main reason for stopping off in the capital of Okayama-ken, OKAYAMA, 730km west of Tokyo, is to stretch your legs in its famous garden, Korakuen.

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Okayama Travel guide



OSAKA PHOTOS

The urban equivalent of the Elephant Man, OSAKA, Japan's third largest city after Tokyo and Yokohama, yearns to be loved despite its ugliness.

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Osaka Travel guide



SAPPORO PHOTOS

With a population of some 1.75 million, Hokkaido's booming capital SAPPORO is the fifth largest city in Japan and you're almost bound to pass through it.

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Sapporo Travel guide



SHIMODA PHOTOS

Nearly halfway down the peninsula, ITO port was where Will Adams launched Japan's first Western-style sailing ships , but there's nothing really to stop for until you reach SHIMODA.

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Shimoda Travel guide



TAKAMATSU PHOTOS

On the northern coast of Shikoku, breezily cosmopolitan TAKAMATSU , the capital city of Kagawa-ken , is likely to be your first stop on Shikoku.

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Takamatsu Travel guide



TOKYO PHOTOS

On the edge of the Orient, TOKYO - the last great conurbation before the yawning chasm of the Pacific Ocean - is one of the world's most perplexing cities.

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Tokyo Travel guide



YOKOHAMA PHOTOS

Thanks to its open harbour-frontage and generally low-rise skyline, YOKOHAMA feels far more spacious and airy than neighbouring Tokyo.

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Yokohama Travel guide




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